The CEO of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism has expressed shock at the deaths of four rhinos at the Lalibela Game Reserve this morning.
The four rhinos, which were believed to have been poisoned, were discovered shortly before 10am this morning by rangers on a game drive. The game reserve confirmed that autopsies were being done on all four animals and that samples had been taken and sent for analysis.
‘In spite of all that is being done in the Eastern Cape and nationally to curb the slaughter of rhino, it is with shock that I have learnt that four rhinos from Lalibela Game Reserve were found dead this morning. Lalibela is a member of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism. As an organisation and on behalf of all our other members and stakeholders, we sympathise with Lalibela,” said Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO Mandlakazi Skefile.
“NMBT welcomes the investigation of the crime by the Hawks and other law enforcement bodies. I trust that the perpetrators will be brought to book soon,” she said.
Skefile said the province relied heavily on the Big Seven as a major tourist attraction.
“As a community that benefits from the many tourists who come to our shores to view these majestic creatures of the wild, we need to stand vigilant and fight for these helpless animals by supporting the various anti-poaching initiatives as poaching effects everyone in the long run,”she said.
“We need to stand together and collectively, support those entities losing their valuable wildlife and the law